Asians with a Purpose (Part 2)


Spearheading Environmental Change

These individuals with their penchant for making a difference, are pushing themselves to do their bit for the environment.

Photo Credit: Miniwiz

Arthur Huang
Structural engineer & entrepreneur

Convinced that there was much more that can be achieved with the heaps of waste that was being generated on a daily basis, structural engineer and architect, Arthur Huang came up with Miniwiz – a cutting edge innovative recycling company headquartered in Taipei. Based on the model of circular economy, the company, under the leadership of Huang is responsible for several innovations that continue to challenge the existing linear supply chain.

Photo Cedit: Goldman Prize

Ma Jun

Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun has been credited with creating greater transparency by creating a publicly available database that reveals the environmental supervision records of various companies while also revealing the biggest violators of the national environmental standards. Besides big brands like Apple, Hewlett-Packard and H&M using the database to monitor their suppliers, the database is being accessed by journalists, NGOs
and researchers who are advocating
for change.

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Melati & Isabel Wijsen

With Indonesia being the biggest plastic polluter after China, two teenage sisters in Bali took it on themselves to change the status quo. They found an NGO – Bye Bye Plastic Bags (BBPB), while they were 10 and 12 years old with the aim of getting the population in Bali to say no to plastic bags. Their efforts have paid off with Bali banning single use plastics in 2018. The sisters continue on their journey with their NGO which has grown into an international movement for youth empowerment, while
still focusing on plastics. 

For the rest of this article (Asian Geographic No.134 Issue 1 /2019 ) and other stories, check out our past issues here or download a digital copy here

The 25th anniversary of the largest and longest running dive show, Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) is set to occur on the 11-14th April 2019. Centred on the theme – Plastic free Future, ADEX is more than just a dive show with its commitment to the environment. Among an exciting lineup of programs, attendees can look forward to a Future Forward Series of Panel Discussion on the Single-Use Plastic Conundrum in Asia, on 13th April.

So join us at the event, get inspired and for all you know, you might just liberate the inner diver in you! More details of the event here


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